On 1st September the management at High Riggs Jobcentre called the police to deny an ill and vulnerable man his right to be accompanied to a Job Seekers Allowance appointment by his father and an advocate from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty,
The DWP are once more breaking their own rules: DWP official policy is that "Customers have the right to ask a representative to help them conduct their business with DWP..."
The High Riggs bosses have used the police to deny claimants’ rights several times before. But every time we have come back in greater numbers and forced the Jobcentre to recognise the right to be accompanied.
This is a fight for all claimants, for all who care about human rights and for all working class people.The assault on benefits is central to the whole austerity attack – the ruling class want to make life on benefits intolerable so workers will accept any old crap wages and conditions. But the bosses forget – we are many and they are few.
EDINBURGH COALITION AGAINST POVERTY is based at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE), an open campaign space & infoshop providing resources and solidarity. Resources available include free computer/internet access, cheap copying, free leaflets, books, pamphlets and mags for sale, and a library. Every Tuesday from 12 to 3pm support and solidarity is available for benefits, debt hassles, housing and other problems. Please contact us at Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty c/o ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA, 0131 557 6242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to join our solidarity phone tree and get involved. ACE is also open at other times for particular events (but the support and solidarity sessions are only on Tuesday).